Viking Studies MLitt
- Unique course content not available anywhere else
- You are taught by international experts in the field
- We use video conferencing and a virtual learning environment to deliver the course at a distance so you can study from anywhere in the world
- Small class sizes
- You can also choose unique options in palaeography, creative writing and North Atlantic Rim studies
- You can study individual modules for personal or professional development, or work towards the PgCert, PgDip, or full Masters degree
- 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject, such as History, Archaeology, Literature, or Ethnology
- International students whose first language is not English must meet language competency standards as noted on the International page of our website.
- Viking History of the Scottish Islands and the Irish Sea region
- Gender in Viking Society
- Runology and Old Norse
- Visualising the Vikings: the Vikings in Popular Culture
- The Language and Paleography of Older Scots
- The NAR Literary Context
- Historical and Cultural Perspectives of the NAR
- Early Scottish and Norse Literature
- The Orkney and Shetland Tongues
- Orkney and Shetland Literature
- Introduction to Screenwriting
- Exploring Creative Writing
- Full time: 1 years @ 20 hours per week
- Part time structured: 2 years @ 10 hours per week
- Tourism and Heritage sector
- Secondary school teaching on completion of PGDE(P)
- Community education
- Adult education
- Journalism particularly newspaper and radio
- Working for local government agencies
- Teaching on this or similar degrees
- Advanced research and vocational diplomas
- PhD study
What is special about this course?
The Vikings have been incredibly influential in world history and culture. The Centre for Nordic Studies' team will be using their recognised expertise in this area to create this unique and exciting course on offer to students all over the world and to re-evalaute the Vikings past, present, and future.
Students will be able to critically evaluate key historical, economic, and social developments in the Viking world and analyse the significance and legacy of the cultural history of the Vikings both in isolation and in a wider context temporally and geographically. We'll look at Viking iconography in text and film, the role of women, and the significance of runes among other fascinating topics.
As part of the degree, students will study a set of core modules and also have the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules, bringing the study of the Viking period into a wider perspective.
Core modules are:
Core module are:
Option modules include:
Dissertation 60 credits
How will I study my course?
You will study this course through a combination video conference seminars and online distance learning through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors and student advisor
How long will my course last?
Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.
How much will my course cost?
The following fees apply to our taught postgraduate courses in the academic year 2013-14
Scottish and EU
Rest of UK
on-site and online
|Per module (20 credits)||
|Postgraduate certificate (PgCert)||
|Postgraduate diploma (PgDip)||
|Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)||
Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.
What funding can I apply for?
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your Masters course in Viking Studies, there are a variety of careers you might like to consider. Here is just a taster of the kind of opportunities available to you:
Can I progress into further study?
Apply for this course
International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page
We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.
Important note: course structure context is indicative only and does not represent a definitive list, in name or in nature, of modules that will be studied in this course, and may vary depending on location of study. Course structure context is subject to change at any time, without prior notice.